1 Timothy or First Timothy is one among the three letters in New Testament that are often collectively referred to as Pastoral Epistles. The other two titles included in this group are the Second Timothy and the Titus. Also known as the First Epistle of Paul to Timothy, its authorship is traditionally attributed to Paul the Apostle and includes several of his counsels to Timothy, his colleague and delegate regarding Paul’s ministry in Ephesus. However, many modern scholars debate over the authenticity of the letter’s authorship, saying that the two letters to Timothy and Titus are not composed by Paul but by some unknown Christian some time during late 1st to mid 2nd century.
The date of 1 Timothy composition depends greatly on the authenticity of authorship. If the letter was genuinely written by Paul, then the tentative date would be around 62 AD to 67 AD. On the other hand, if it was not written by Paul, then that would suggest a later date. Paul first met with Timothy when he visited Lystra for the second time. Throughout their relationship, Paul acted as a mentor for Timothy and they went on many missionary journeys together.
The book of 1 Timothy starts with an address from Paul to Timothy, after which Paul asks him to stay in Ephesus and put an end to the practice of teaching false doctrines that was so prevalent there. He further said that instead of focusing on myths and genealogies, men should cultivate faith and love as that is the only way to a morally good life. Paul then spoke of the grace Jesus bestowed on him, and how it helped him to change from his earlier sinful ways to a life completely devoted to God. He urged Timothy to pray and be thankful for everyone who is in authoritarian positions to live peacefully in God’s holiness. Paul said that the men should lift up their hands in prayer and the women should be modestly dressed without any fancy adornments like gold, pearls, expensive clothes or braided hair. She should be submissive to man and not perform acts of teaching.
Paul then says in 1 Timothy that whoever chooses to take on a life of a deacon or an overseer is performing a noble task; but not everyone should be eligible to attain an important post like this. Paul goes on to illustrate in 1 Timothy the various qualities that an ideal deacon or an overseer should have. He also gave valuable instructions to Timothy as to how he should live his life. Paul further spoke on the dangers of false ideas and the importance of thanksgiving. He gave instructions on how to treat elders, widows, and slaves.
All people who teach false doctrines and do not agree to the teachings of Lord Jesus are filled with pride and unable to understand anything. For many people, godliness is a surefire way of becoming rich; but adherence to God brings contentment which is a great gain in itself. People who seek wealth invariably fall under the spell of temptation that eventually leads to destruction and ruin. Paul ends his letter by asking Timothy to stay away from such troubles and stick to the path of the righteous God. Sign up to receive bible quotes from 1 Timothy now.